About the network

15 unions worldwide have now signed an international agreement on defending education and employment standards in the context of global marketisation. Together, these unions represent more than half a million tertiary education workers around the world.

The deepening global recession and the cutting back of public provision will only give greater encouragement to a burgeoning private sector, making the international agreement only more relevant and important.

We are now turning this community of over 500,000 academics into something tangible.

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Private pathways programs target U.S. “market”

Inside Higher Ed reports that U.S. colleges are increasingly turning to for-profit pathway programs for international students in a bid to boost revenues.

In January 2010, Australia-based Navitas sealed its first U.S. deal, a 10-year contract with Western Kentucky University.  Since then,  the company has signed three more  agreements – with the Universities of Massachusetts [...]

The Perils of Branch Campuses

As more and more universities and colleges seek out alleged fortunes overseas by setting up branch campuses, nagging questions linger about the financial stability of these ventures.  We are being told by governments and employers alike that money is scarce after all.  So surely our administrators are being careful about how they are spending their [...]

First Study Group Deal Defeated at U of Windsor

After a nearly 4 hour debate on a proposed joint venture with Study Group International, the University of Windsor Senate voted against the plan to create a private, for-profit pathways program for international students.

The vote is a blow to SGI’s ambition to establish a greater presence in Canada, but a victory for faculty and [...]

Study Group seeking new venture in Canada

Canada’s University of Windsor is considering a joint venture proposal with Study Group International (SGI) that would see the company establish a for-profit college on campus for international students.

According to reports, if the deal is approved by the university’s senate in February, ISG’s international study centre would open its doors as early as this [...]

Branch Campuses: The Next Bubble?

Many universities and colleges in the mainly English-speaking developed countries are investing more and more of their resources into offshore operations, including branch campuses.  According to the UK-based  Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, there are now 162 branch campuses around the world, up by more than 40% since 2006.

Many of these “campuses” are joint-ventures [...]

U21 Global: Will UK Universities rethink in wake of Melbourne’s withdrawal?

Thanks to the CAUT for posting the news that Melbourne University has decided to stop funding the U21 Joint Venture. This comes on the back of another poor year for the struggling enterprise.  Back in October, the Times Higher Education Magazine reported on UCU’s concerns about Universities investing in the [...]

Another blow to U21 Global

Universitas 21, the international consortium of universities that launched a for-profit on-line program in 2001, is reassessing its future after another institution has left.

This week, the University of Melbourne announced it would stop funding the troubled U21 Global virtual operation after yet another year of lackluster performance.

In response, Universitas 21 announced it was [...]

Kaplan goes down under

Kaplan Inc., the for-profit U.S.-based education provider, announced yesterday a joint venture with the University of Adelaide in Australia that will create the company’s first international campus.

A subsidiary of the Washington Post Company that started off in the test preparation business, Kaplan has expanded its operations in recent years and now provides an array [...]